Laurel Mitchell graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art and emphasis in photography. Soon she began her career at Carnegie Museum of Art. As the Rights, Reproductions & Photographic Services Manager, she is a part of the publications department, a comprehensive team that includes senior editors, designers, photographers and a videographer.
Laurel is responsible for overseeing the quality and completion of all new photography projects related to CMOA's collection, including the photography of objects, exhibitions, and events. She also manages the image archive of historic exhibition photos. Laurel oversees all image licensing/permissions for both museum projects and external affairs. She has worked with numerous scholars and companies from around the world including ESPN, Disney, PBS, Paramount Pictures, and many more. She most recently collaborated with Paramount Pictures on the film Fences, starring Denzel Washington. In 2016, Laurel received a certification in archival image management through the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources & Image Management at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Laurel actively pursues her own photography and design projects. In addition to occasional commercial work, she has continued to publish her work and exhibit in regional and national exhibitions. She completed an eight-month studio residency at the Brew House Association, Pittsburgh, as part of Distillery 6, which allowed her to extend her experimental and non-traditional photography practices into both print making and installation art. By participating in the I Am An Arts Lover project, she was able to launch a new website featuring her latest work (laurel-mitchell.com). Laurel is currently working on photography commissions for various Pittsburgh corporations and partnering with the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden to teach photography classes.